ERIC Number: ED366851
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Strengthening Families by Involving Communities: A Report on [a Conference on] Runaway and Homeless Youth in Alaska (2nd, Anchorage, Alaska, October 5-6, 1992).
Alaska State Dept. of Health and Social Services, Juneau. Div. of Family and Youth Services.
The purpose of the conference summarized in this paper was threefold: to review progress made on behalf of runaway and homeless youth by communities who attended the 1991 conference; to introduce participants to the Target Population Planning Model; and to offer participants workshops on youth problems. Presenters were from the national, state, and local levels, and youth actively participated in the conference. The more than 85 participants attending the conference concluded that runaway and homeless youth remain a serious problem in Alaska. It was estimated that the number of Alaskan youth who run away from home each year has increased from 3,500 in 1991 to over 4,500 in 1992, and that over 1,900 Alaskan adolescents are homeless annually. It was determined that Alaskan youth run away at a greater rate in proportion to their overall population than youth nationally; that Alaska's runaways are younger than runaways nationally; and that Alaska's youth are homeless at a greater rate in proportion to their overall population than youth nationally. Conference participants concluded that there remains a critical need for more active local government involvement in finding solutions to the runaway and homeless youth problems in Alaska. This document describes the conference and includes community progress reports and lists of participants. Alaska statutes (Alaska Runaway Law, Alaska Runaway Programs, the Alaska Missing Persons Clearinghouse) are appended. (NB)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alaska State Dept. of Health and Social Services, Juneau. Div. of Family and Youth Services.